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Uber celebrates Women’s Day and plans to create 2000 work opportunities for women

By Faeza
11 August 2015

Uber, the innovative app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers through smartphone technology, are on track to create over 2000 work opportunities for women over the next two years.

These were the words spoken by Uber Regional General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits at their Women’s Day function in honour of their women partner drivers held at the Four Seasons Westcliff on Thursday 6 August.

“This women’s month we decided to pay tribute and show our appreciation to the amazing women partner drivers, working on the Uber platform, who go out of their way every day to provide for their families and add to South Africa’s growing economy. At Uber we believe in empowering women to become small business owners and we are well on track to create over 2000 work opportunities for women over the next two years. “- Alon Lits, Regional General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa.

The inspirational event was attended by women partner drivers, government dignitaries, media and members of the Uber team. Guests listened to a motivational speech by Freshlyground lead-singer, Zolani Mahola who also serenaded the crowd.

Guests were treated to canapés and a three course lunch at the recently refurbished View Restaurant known for its urban chic design and indoor-outdoor atmosphere. The restaurant offers delectable contemporary cuisine from its prime hilltop location with sweeping views of the vibrant Johannesburg.

With Uber, women can drive whenever they can or whenever they want. Driver-partners can set their own schedules while maintaining a steady, independent source of income. Uber has created 2,000 work opportunities since launching in South Africa and could easily create 15,000 more in the next two years.

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About Uber

Uber is evolving the way the world moves, seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through smartphone technology. Uber’s mission is nothing less than a revolution in the way citizens of the world move, work and live. It aspires to transform the way people connect with their communities and to bring reliability, convenience and opportunity to transport systems.

The Uber network is now available in 300 cities across 60 countries and spanning 6 continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone or register for Uber at www.uber.com/go.

Uber South Africa operates in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. For questions visit www.uber.com/johannesburg | www.uber.com/durban | www.uber.com/capetown

Uber Media Contact:

Samantha Allenberg - Uber Communications Africa

Tel: +27 (0) 82 453 7495

Email: samantha.allenberg@uber.com

Cecily McLane - Jenni Newman Public Relations (Uber South Africa - PR Agency)

Tel: + 27 (0) 79 763 1852

Email: cecilym@jnpr.co.za